Toronto based foursome, The Box Tiger, played at The Mod Club for the Burlesque after party last night. The context of the situation is a recipe for a great night and that it was. The Box Tiger are a local group who tour and record throughout Canada and are notorious for wailing lead singer and founder of the band, Sonia Sturino.
Each member is noticeably young, hardworking and technical. This works strongly for the band, as there were absolutely no hiccups or dead moments of their generous performance. There was a great delay of their show time due to the amount and time of the burlesque performances, which didn’t seem to get to them or their fans who were plentiful.
The Box Tiger are strong at what they do; they are all musically powerful and engaging. However, they do lack originality and diversity. All of their songs easily mesh which impairs their performances as very little changes. They do however nail their solidified style, which is warm indie music that is lyrically vulnerable. Additionally, Sturino sings her heart out and seems possessed by the memories of her past while she belts heartbreaking lyrics with her eyes closed. Their tenacity is evident and admirable as they are young musicians in a competitive town filled with indie bands. I hope to see more experimentation, as they will then break through.